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End-of-interview questions

Interviewing Strategies

Question:

At my last two interviews, the hiring manager asked if I had any questions. He seemed to think I should have some. What should I have asked?

Answer:

Aside from asking about any details that are not yet clear, here are some questions you might like to ask:

• When can I expect to hear from you?
• What challenges are you expecting over the next year?
• What do you expect the person in the position to accomplish in the first three months?
• What do successful employees in this company have in common?

They say you should never ask a question to which you could have Googled the answer. A good question, by that standard, is “What do you like best about working here?”

If this is a first interview, it probably isn’t the time to bring up salary or benefits. The time for that is when an offer is on the table.

In any event, be sure to prepare some questions to ask at the end of your next interview. Ask about the tasks, the organizational chart, the people who work there. If you don’t have any questions, it suggests that you are not interested, or that you think you know it all already. Neither of those options will help your candidacy. However, asking thoughtful and insightful questions can help you to stand out in a positive way.

About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.